The momentum turned even further in Baltimore’s direction immediately after the ensuing kickoff. On first down, Kolb was hit by Terrell Suggs while throwing a pass that was intercepted by Jameel McClain and taken 8 yards to the Arizona 22. Three plays later, Rice ran in from the 3.
Mistakes by Baltimore also played a big part in Arizona’s big second quarter.
With the game tied at 3, the Ravens‘ five-minute misadventure began when Flacco fumbled upon being sacked by O’Brien Schofield. Darnell Dockett recovered at the Baltimore 2, setting up a 1-yard scoring run by Beanie Wells , which was the second rushing touchdown against the Ravens this season.
The boos from the sellout crowd of 71,022 increased when Peterson broke six tackles on his punt return. That was followed by stunned silence 13 seconds later when Richard Marshall picked off a pass that bounced off Smith’s chest. That led to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kolb to Early Doucet for a 24-3 lead with 3:46 remaining in the second quarter.
A field goal by Cundiff cut the gap to 18 points at halftime.
Flacco was sacked twice and committed two turnovers in a lamentable first half.
Kolb was sacked twice on Arizona’s opening possession, but on the next series connected with Larry Fitzgerald for 66 yards - the longest play against the Ravens‘ defense this year. That led to a field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis missed the latter part of the drive nursing a right shoulder stinger. He received treatment on the sideline and returned after Baltimore mounted a 6 1/2-minute march that produced a field goal.
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